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Dune
Year:
1984
Country:
USA
Genre:
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
IMDB rating:
6.6
Director:
David Lynch
Francesca Annis as Lady Jessica
Leonardo Cimino as The Baron's Doctor
Brad Dourif as Piter De Vries
José Ferrer as Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV
Linda Hunt as Shadout Mapes
Freddie Jones as Thufir Hawat
Richard Jordan as Duncan Idaho
Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides
Virginia Madsen as Princess Irulan
Silvana Mangano as Reverend Mother Ramallo
Everett McGill as Stilgar
Kenneth McMillan as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Jack Nance as Nefud
Siân Phillips as Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
Storyline: In the far future, a duke and his family are sent by the Emperor to a sand world from which comes a spice that is essential for interstellar travel. The move is designed to destroy the duke and his family, but his son escapes and seeks revenge as he uses the world's ecology as one of his weapons. Written by John Vogel
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Reviews
Deserves more credit but also deserves criticism
DUNE is an odd film. After having watched it several times over the years, I'm not afraid to call it a very flawed classic. That sounds strange, but it fits for this movie. Lynch got so many things right, but in the end the shortcomings of trying to squeeze an epic story into a little over 2 hours was simply too daunting a challenge. Besides, I'm sure many went into the theatre expecting a film in the vein of STAR WARS.

DUNE is not a story with which one can delve into brainless. It does require thought, for it's inaccurate to portray it as anything less than a thinking person's story. It's not space battles, laser-gun shootouts, funny aliens, etc. There's nothing wrong with those things, it's just not what DUNE is about. It touches on everything from politics, religion, ecology, the true power of the human mind and will when fully realized, God, etc. Some heady stuff.

So imagine trying to fit all that in a movie.

Lynch got the feel, the imagery down, but wasn't able to cohesively bring the story around w/o really making it a Cliff Notes version of the story. You get the main gist, but don't get the "full story", the themes, etc. So in the end it does disappoint because you're left wondering what may have been had the movie conventions of that time allowed for a 2 or even 3 movie epic. Oh wait, STAR WARS did that. I guess DUNE wasn't viewed as bankable enough to make such an investment.

Anyway, I still like the film a lot. The visual realization by Lynch makes it a classic in my book, too bad it couldn't be matched by an equally strong script. I wonder if Peter Jackson would be willing to tackle another 3 film epic? Hmmmmmm.....
2003-09-11
A movie with a lot of hits and misses
I recently purchased the extended version of Dune and found myself watching David Lynch's original theatrical version because I could not stand the newly released version directed by Alan Smithee. If you are going to watch Dune, watch the original theatrical, the extended version is horrifically bad which I will explain as to why soon enough.

To begin, Dune is not a perfect movie. It was made in 1984, there were a lot of limitations, especially with visual effects at the time, and having to film out in an open desert. Naturally, the movie has its flaws on the technical aspects. Mostly it is difficult to fit a 489 page novel into a two hour time frame. So a lot had to be cut, which in some ways hurt the film. Some things were changed or completely new stuff was added which also hurt the film.

The main qualm I have with Dune is for every good thing the film has, it seems to have something bad spring up that should have been done better or removed. For instance: the casting. There are a lot of great actors in this movie: Patrick Stewart, Max Von Sydow, Jose Ferrer, Jurgen Prochnow to name a few. All these actors were perfect for their roles and played them brilliantly. However, this movie also has Kyle MacLachlan, Dean Stockwell and Sting. This was MacLachlan's first commercial feature. To me, he played the part of Paul Atreides as if Paul were an expressionless wooden plank. Sting plays the antagonist, so throughout the whole movie I am not seeing the character Feyd Rautha, I am seeing Sting in silly costume. Even though this movie was made before Star Trek TNG and Quantum Leap, the first time I saw the scene where Patrick Stewart and Dean Stockwell were on screen together, I laughed. It was like Captain Picard teaming up with Al. Patrick Stewart however played the part of Gurney Halleck dead on.

The beginning of the movie is very well done. Virginia Madsen's character gives a "brief" introduction to the movie, where she explains a few things and sets the tone for the rest of the film. Next we have the villains plotting to take out the good guys, a knife fight, some human vs robot action, an assassination attempt, a battle, and so forth. The movie comes to a screeching halt by the halfway point. Most of the second act is explained through montages and more narration by Virginia Madsen.

In the novel, the characters think to themselves a lot. In the movie, we get to hear what's on their minds. This automatically kills the idea of the audience getting into the character's head.

Some of the costumes, creatures, and make up effects were really awesome. Why David Lynch decided to give every mentat giant furry eyebrows is beyond me.

Despite its short comings, which are plentiful, its not a bad movie. Its sci-fi, its bizarre, its very visual, its got action and it does kill 2 hours if you have nothing better to do. I do recommend it.

Here's why the extended version sucks: - Its 3 hours. Not that a 3 hour movie is bad, a 3 hour movie with horrible pacing, dialogue, acting, etc is really bad.

- The beginning is replaced with a 10 minute introduction by a different narrator (who is very annoying by the way). This narrator explains like a college professor the backstory of Dune, very poorly I might add. Rather than show us moving images since its a movie, we get still paintings to accompany this droneful explanation. The narrator NEVER shuts up. Throughout the entire film, he explains everything on screen. No joke. Given, there's a lot going on Dune, there's a lot of weird words being thrown around, but having this guy explain the movie pretty much tells the audience that they can't figure anything out on their own.

- The "restored" scenes should have stayed on the cutting room floor. Its mostly more characters chatting about stuff the "narrator" already explained.

- The first scene where we meet The Emperor in Lynch's original version runs about 6 minutes. In the extended version, it goes on for like 10 minutes. The Emperor not only states: "the Third Stage Guild Navigator will be here within minutes", he says to himself, "Why is a Third Stage Guild Navigator coming here?" and then asks someone, "What could the Third Stage Guild Navigator want?" Enough about the THIRD STAGE GUILD NAVIGATOR!
2006-07-05
A review of the "TV Extended Edition" Region 2 DVD
This review is for the "TV Extended Edition" Region 2 version of the DVD.

I recently bought this version which has 35 minutes extra footage over the original theatrical release. I already have the original version and have watched that many times, so this review is a comparison of the two.

The first thing to note about this version is that David Lynch disowned it so the director is listed as Allen Smithee (a pseudonym which is always used when the original director of a film does not want his name associated any more).

Whilst the original release features a brief introductory narration spoken by Princess Irulan, this version has a longer spoken introduction by a narrator against a backdrop of still oil paintings and drawings. Some this is word-for-word the same as spoken by Irulan, but much is new. The introduction even touches on the Butlerian Jihad which explains to the viewer why there are Mentats (human computers) but no electronic computers.

The film feels very different from the original version. The extra footage does add to the story and I would predict that someone unfamiliar with the film and books would find this version far less confusing. Obviously that is relative – I'm sure someone who knew nothing of Dune would still find even this version very confusing, but probably not as confusing as the condensed original version.

One addition that did not work for me was the increased screen time of Gurney Halleck (Patrick Stewart). The lines where he delivers poetry were very stilted and did not sit well and the scene in which he played the Balliset was laughable.

The music of this version is very different from the original. It has a far more `TV mini-series' feel to it and is far less successful than the original and has also dated far more badly. It is EXTREMELY intrusive and I felt detracted from the film enormously. It was so bad that I found it extremely difficult to watch this version and completed it over a two day period rather than at one sitting. For someone who is big fan of Dune (both the film and the books) this suggests that David Lynch made the right decision in removing his name from the credits. As the film progressed the music became better but this is mainly due to the increasing use of the original score.

Overall I would say that this version is an interesting addition to the DVD collection of a fan who already owns the original, but I would not recommend it over the original to someone who had not seen the film before.
2003-07-16
a movie I enjoy seeing again and again
My 1st real contact with the Dune Universe was around 1993 playing the strategy game Dune II on Amiga. Sometime later I watched part of the old movie on TV but I didn't get too interested. I thought it was boring or confusing. Anyway, this Dune thing kept showing up from time to time, like seeing a Dune VHS in a video-rental or such.

When I was shopping for DVDs a while ago I kept stumbling over 2€ copies of the movie. The shop seemed like wanting to flood homes with this flick at such a price. Finally I just bought it. Kept laying around at home until I finally put it into my xbox to try it out. I think I was afraid of watching this movie which I suspected to be too complicated with lots of weird dialog and such. That all changed to instant fascination when I saw and heard the beautiful Lady Irulan's introduction "The Beginning is a very delicate time. Know then that it is the year 10191..."

Now I really am in love with this film. Especially the beginning and the end-credits with it's great score. Sometimes I even put it on while taking a nap listening to the score and the great actors. Now I have ordered the longer DVD version, the 1st book, and the 2 other TV-series as well because I just want more of it. Will always have a place in my DVD collection.
2006-09-18
I dislike David Lynch films, but I love what he did with Dune
The 1984 film, Dune, is as unique, intense, and brilliant a film as can be. Visually, this film is absolutely remarkable. The acting talents are equally remarkable. The directing is impeccable. The special effects are wonderful. The costuming is accurate, if not originally imaginative. There is little about this film I dislike. I look at Dune the film vs. Dune the book(s) the same way I look at The Lord Of The Rings the film(s) vs. The Lord Of The Rings the novels. To make a big film adaption of either of those stories takes an incredible amount of undertaking and research, and the end result, whether completely accurate to the literary text or not, as well as matching the vision of the author or not, shouldn't be judged too critically, and should be respected. (I've always thought the Harkonens in the film look brilliant with orange coloured hair, as opposed to the black hair of the Harkonens in the book; a little change and originality can be good when adapting.)

Mr. Lynch, I can't stand your other films, but I applaud your efforts for Dune. An absolute work of art!
2001-10-16
A Brilliant, Methodical Melodrama and a Sci-Fi Passion Play
David Lynch's Dune is much-maligned for being impenetrable and unfaithful to the novel on which it is based. Though not entirely inaccurate, I believe that dismissing the movie based on these points does tremendous disservice to a brilliantly conceived, methodically executed, highly stylized, piece of cinema.

Admittedly, Lynch's Dune is thick. The finer details of the plot (and indeed some major points) may be lost on people unfamiliar with the book. Repeated viewings may be necessary to fully understand the various character's rationales or the machinations of politics which drive the plot. I consider this a favorable attribute, though it removes it from the realm of light fare suitable for a casual single-viewing.

In many places, the plot of the movie follows the themes of the book more than the actual narrative itself. Remember that Herbert himself assisted in writing the screenplay, and many changes were made for the sake of the visual medium of cinema. True, some of the subtlety of the book is lost, but the visual impact of the film would have been lessened if it remained more faithful to the text.

Some also consider the melodramatic acting to be "hokey" - but I argue instead that Lynch has chosen the perfect style to suit the story. When we dismiss melodrama as the low-brow stuff of afternoon soap operas, we forget that the great Greek playwrights were exclusively melodramatic - and that the style is entirely appropriate for depicting characters of saga engaged in great events and performing weighty deeds.

I felt it important to devote more time to addressing the common criticisms of Lynch's Dune, because I think its virtues speak for themselves, and these points seem to be what most interferes with people's enjoyment of the movie. Taken in the appropriate mind-set, here is a rich visual treat (art design my H.R. Giger of Alien fame), masterfully crafted, and set to fantastic score courtesy of Toto. All in all, David Lynch's Dune is a magnificent adaptation, capturing the epic essence of Herbert's Sci-Fi masterpiece.

2003-03-19
Odd but not exciting....
I decided to watch this film because a guy in my class thought this is one of the weirdest films he ever saw and that you would easily get lost if you have read the books. For me, I didn't understand what the hell was coming out of everybody's mouth. It sounded as if they were speaking gibberish for a 1980's Sci-fi film. I wouldn't really call this the most weirdest film I've ever seen but more likely, it's just odd and too fast to understand it to be honest.

I haven't read the books but I say I wouldn't understand them much either. Maybe not but if I really didn't understand the film, then I won't understand the books.

The only advantage is seeing Sir Patrick Stewart being involved in this since I'm use to him in Star Trek!
2015-10-18
A true Epic. One of the greatest Sci-fi's
I know a lot of Dune fans do not like this. I consider myself a Dune fan. The books are my favourite science fiction books and I feel on a level with the Lord of the rings when it comes to literature.

I know it changes quite a few things and leaves quite a few important things out. However despite all this I feel this is a truly great movie and though not completely accurate it catches the spirit of the novel.

I have seen the television series made later and though that is more accurate to the book I feel it does not at all capture the spirit.

this movie captures that spirit and the epic scale of the book and also far more importantly the spirituality. I would take the movie over the series any day.

Whether a fan or not it is worth watching this movie. For those who have never read the Dune books or know much about them you will find this a wonderful piece of cinematography from the 1980's that was groundbreaking for it's time and may bring you interest in the novels. For those fans who have never seen it you will find an interesting take and I hope like me look fast the flaws in the story-line to see how the spirit of the novel was captured.

I saw this movie when I was just 7 back in 1984 and I have been fascinated by it since, even back in those times when I could not understand it at such a young age it enthralled me and it was certainly due to the movie that later on in adulthood I went on to read the novels and to this date I have read every one by Frank Herbert and by his son.
2006-03-06
One word: Masterpiece
OK, i will restrain myself to some lines as there's nearly everything said about this movies i guess. Just my two cents here.

There are crap movies (never watch them)

There are good movies (a few times will suffice)

There are very good movies (watching multiple times and not getting worse)

And there are gorgeous movies (getting better each time you watch'em)

And Dune is for sure one of the last category. Perfect actors, great fx (especially for a 1984 movie). The awesome soundtrack really supports the play. And the best thing about it is the dense, neo-medieval, techno atmosphere.

This movie really touched (or say impressed) me like very few movies actually do.
2002-09-13
What's wrong with inner-dialog?
Many people derail this film for its extensive use of inner-dialog, as well as conversations between characters that seem disjointed. I'd just like to point out that a large portion of the original novel is made up of the thoughts of the characters. How else are you going to depict that in a movie version of the story?

Likewise, the dialog in the book is very complex. Characters never give direct responses to each other. One element that continues throughout the entire Dune series is that everyone has such developed mental abilities that everything they say has multiple, layered meanings. Usually, their motivations for speaking have little or nothing to do with actually addressing the statement posed by the other character (let alone giving them an honest or direct response).

Like it or not, these things are part of the story. I don't think you can fault the film for portraying that. It's quite possible that it would simply be impossible to adequately convey these nuisances in the medium of film.

Many people have pointed to the recent adaptation of "Lord of the Rings" as proof that it is possible to create a faithful film adaptation of a story like this. I contend that while films like "Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter" are pretty faithful to the original books, they don't make as good of films as everyone seems to think they are--at least not in a traditional sense. Personally, I found it hard to watch these films in a single 3+ hour sitting at a theatre. I enjoyed them very much, however, on DVD where I could watch them over multiple sittings. Kind of like the way you read a book!
2003-03-15
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